tv Charlie Rose WHUT October 28, 2013 11:00pm-12:00am EDT
finish the book i will know. >> rose: what have you learned. now that you have done all this study, what have you learned about the measurement? >> well, what i first started on is an extraordinary event. it's not that all the leading forecasters didn't know we were in a bubble at one point or another. that's not the issue. that's very easy to tell. the trick and the very difficult issue for forecasting is how can you pinpoint when the bubble breaks. but more importantly, what are the consequences of that. and this book attempting to attack those two questions was fundmental to how the economy functions. as far as i'm concerned, there's one critical issue which i think probably more than any other was, that was essential for
writing this book. i had to discard the basic premise which all classical economists or those of us who were involved in that form of economics and computer-base models, and have to look at fundamental premise. and i basically assumed as we all did that not only, that fdamental premise is that human beings act in their own long term self interest most of the time. but the general belief of all economists who are forecasting, is while it is not only most of the time but when it isn't, it's random. and you can disregard it because it can't be muddled. what shocked me is when i started to try to actually model it and i was getting extraordinarily, extraordinary results. >> rose: and what were they?
>> basically, that so-called animal spirits, which is a term -- >> rose: talking abouthe john -- >> precisely. and they are deep seated aspects of human nature. predictable ways. for example, you can measure fear. everybody responds to fear when their values are say life and limb and net worth under stress. but how they react will be different person by person. by major problem that we deal with here is that fear is the most prominent factor in
people's decision-making response and which is far greater than euphoria or greed. the way we do that is if you take a look at the business cycle and put one on top of the other, they all go up as euphoria builds, greed builds and it gets to the top. and this is the top. and then it goes down very sharply. when fear takes hold, it is a very much stronger individual view or individual input i should say than as euphoria. then we have a whole series of other inbred propensities, i guess that's what i called them in the book. which are remarkable stabilities going through time which fix the new way i'm looking at the economy.
i mean, for example. there's such a thing as time preference which is a fundamental issue in economics, suggesting how people discount the future. and the most important evidence of tha is interest rates. we look back to 5th century b.c. and you'll see interest rates are approximately where they are today. that tells you something about fudamental nature and that type of characteristic. if you look at the savings rates, we have data going back to the 19th century, no trend. for similar reasons. i don't want to go through all the full detail of this, i suggest you read the book. >> rose: that's a good idea. >> i do maybe 10 or 15 of these and then i bring it altogether. and i was quite surprised how much i learned in the process. i started off on the basic
scussion that was introduced at the beginning of the discussion. not really hopeful. >> rose: that you would be successful in finding a model you could project. >> i thought that i would try and probably succeed only in part or maybe even fail. in my judgment. i would like, you know, i suspect my judgment is slightly biased here, i admit to that. i think i made very significant progress. >> rose: nobody took more hits after, after the crash than you did. and then people said here's a guy who thought the market would work perfectly, you know. and it didn't. and he's to blame. >> yes. well, first of all i've been around 21 years and remember harry truman said if you can't stand the heat get out of the
kitchen. >> rose: right. >> i found that opposition very useful. i'm acutely aware who i'm dealing with. i got a late of praise during the 18.5 years there that i didn't deserve. >> rose: why do you think that was. because they gave you too much credit for being the guy who was going to keep inflation under control. >> it was more than that. yes. fundamentally. from the point of view of what was supposed to do, the federal reserve. that was it. but mainly people, people would come up to me all the time and say thank you for my 401(k). and i didn't know how to handle that and i said basically well i appreciate that but i had very little to do with your 401(k). >> rose: they thought you were the steward of the monetary side of american economics. >> i think so. yes. well, it's hard to know what
everyone's thinking. >> rose: yes, but you read. you get out. >> i do, i do get out. but it's very clear, it made me very uncomfortable. >> rose: what made you uncomfortable. >> the fact i was getting praise more than i deserved. >> rose: you were getting criticism that you didn't deserve questioningly. >> not particularly more. >> rose: it's hard for me to believe you felt more badly about the praise you were getting and didn't deserve than you did about the criticism that you felt you did not deserve. >> i'm a human being. if you read my book, you'll find one of the things i do in trying to determine whether certain of these inbred propensities are real, i start with myself. and i say how do you respond to certain things. and i say such and such. and then i realize so does everybody else in the same way. i mean for example, i say very early on in the book.
i was brought up in canyons of new york and wall street and i really didn't get out into the real world until i got into music. and then later i got into national economic events. and i realized one day that everyone smiles for the same reason. pleasure. what pleases them is sphif. but i began to realize that we are a homogeneous species. there's something about human beings and our nature, which is replicated time and time again. and for example, jane austin writes about culture and early 19th century britain. it's exactly the same. teenage girls behaving precisely
the same way back then as they do now. and i've now seen a number of generations of teenagers, and they have all the same -- >> rose: fundamental aspects of human nature that don't change. >> precisely. and that is what is critically important, because that determines how people act. and we don't want to know how the numbers would look if people were essentially operating on their own long term self interests. >> rose: let me just go back to interest rates very quickly. do you believe that low interest rates did or did not drive, you know, the euphoria that led the housing market to collapse because of mortgages that were unable to be paid. >> as i say in the book, yes, it's low interest rates but it's low long term rates, not short term rates. and indeed as i say in the book,
it really goes back to the end of the cold war when the cold, when the berlin wall cam down, the economic ruin behind the iron curtain was way beyond expectations of what most, even panelists in the american intelligence agency were saying. and as a result of that is a vast proportion of the so-called third world shifted from fabian socialism and regular types of things all to market economies especially china. and when that created a huge boom in the third world. they couldn't consume it, and there's a huge amount of savings flooded on the market which brought long term interest rates down around the world. and it's those long term
interest rates which fell very dramatically at induced housing boom everywhere. united states had a housing boom which was average, but the economist, the magazine used to follow 20 countries. and it looked all the same. and the reason was that when long term interest rates go down, the financing capability to invest in longer term assets goes up. and that's what we saw. the argument against easy money policy upon the fed might have been true. but there is no evidence that it was indeed i don't actually go into detail. >> rose: i want to make sure i understand when the change came and what exactly is the change in terms of your analysis. you're saying here, i found out that there was something called fear that had a stronger punch
than exhill race. >> rose: and you can measure it. >> to my surpriseness. >> rose: how much are you influenced and this always comes up with you in any extended conversation by what you learned from ayn rand and human nature. >> i think we had this conversation before. before i first met ayn rand, i was already a libertarian economist. but i was a positivist. it really says if you cannot measure it, it doesn't exist. and that eliminated me from all contact of understanding how human beings behaved that's all
irrational and not worth doing. she denied to me that i was wrong. and that didn't have a full effect immediately, but it grew on me and i look back now and i think some of my views that evolved in recent years fall back on if i was still a logical positive, i wouldn't have wrote this book. >> rose: knowing what you know now and what you express in this book would it have changed any decision-making of the federal reserve under your leadership. >> it's very difficult to say. i suspect not but i can't say that's for sure. >> rose: would it have caused you to strongly recommend the fed not take a certain direction that it took after you left into the chairmanship of ben bernanke. >> well one of the problems i have with questions like that is that paul vocar never commented
on -- >> rose: don't worry about the president or paul vocar. just tell me whether ben bernanke made mistakes. >> i was about to say i applaud the same principle to bernanke, and that's as far as i go. >> rose: what kind of historian are you, and what kind of, we depend on you to bring your experience so we can understand the great issue of our time and you refuse to criticize -- >> no, it's not necessarily criticism, i may be complimenting him. >> rose: why is not necessary for us to understand the kind of mistakes from the past. isn't that what we're supposed to do, learn from history. >> wait for my next book. >> rose: come on. so let me just talk about where we are today. when you look at the most recent crises, can you give me your assessment of what happened in terms of the debt ceiling and in terms of using that as a weapon
which warren buffett calls a weapon of has destruction. >> i think something very fundamental has happened in recent years. going back to fundamentals. i discussed this actually in the back as well. >> rose: right. >> the people like we have in the united states have to agree on certain fundamental principles. that's the bill of rights. that's basically freedom of the press, freedom of speech, assembly, religion. everyone agrees with that. and we go much beyond that. you have to be willing to compromise on all other positions because you cannot have a functioning society
unless people recognize they want to live together because of the fundamentals. after that like we've done for a very long period of time, a degree of comedy in the political system, which we've lost. that's what i love to use because it was so graphic is jerry ford, president ford used to rare against speaker tip o'neill from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. >> even though they served in congress tomorrow. >> at 6:00 m tip would come over to the west wing and have a scotch or bourbon with his old buddy jerry. >> rose: my interest is understanding how you might crte a different atmosphere that would allow people now charged with finding common ground, to do that.
i mean, do they, for example, warren buffett suggested maybe what they need to do is not have any, just go off somewhere and have the privacy of not a public discussion. >> they don't have to go anywhere. the troubles, i'm not sure that will work. we're going to find out soon enough. >> rose: exactly, by december 13th. >> remember that the crucial issue is what you mentioned before the gerrymandering that's been going on. if you're sitting there with having one previous election, i0 votes. and you have a very strong set of positions as you have people in your district. if you're interested in staying in the congress, you don't care what the president of the united states says or anybody else for
that matter. >> rose: too big to fail. does it continue to exist and should it exist. >> it continues to exist. it's getting worse, and it's a danger to the system. the reason it is a danger is basically an issue which is a little complex but i hopefully describe it in there. it's how savings move into investing. the only way that you got a growing standard of living is that the scarce savings of a society are channeled through the financial system into real capital investment which builds up the capital stock and that's the base of where our standard of living comes from. we have a limited amount of savings, to the extent that there are firms which are too big to fail. and, there's another qualification here that they are inefficient. they are absorbing the savings
that would ordinarily go into high tech industries and enhance the standard of living, and i can't go both places so the main problem with too big to fail is that they are absorbing the savings which should be focused on high tech and more advanced type of capital investment. >> i'm moving around. what problems do you have with entitlement programs? >> i have two things wrong with them. first, there's a general view on the part of the populous that the moneys they pay into the social security trust funds plus the interest is in fact adequate to fund the benefits they are getting. they believe sincerely that that statement is true because in many of the people in the political realm tell them it's true.
i mean for example, there's an aarp had a very interesting ad, which they basically said that it's been my impression that if people believe they are getting charity, they will not take it. i go through a very interesting thing about what happened with the social security commission in 1983. do you know -- >> rose: yes. he said he never bought, he only bought right companies. >> yes. anyway. i assume that we were going to solve the problem basically by taking general revenue and sticking it into the trust fund. and he got up and said absolutely not, that would make social security welfare. and there is a very strong stream amongst those who essentially were there as he was
when franklin roosevelt signed the bill in 1935. and that whole view was that this is very similar to private sector defined benefit programs, which they were actually intended to do. the only problem with this is while it is certainly the case that i would say the vast vast majority of people who are getting social security for example believe they are getting their own money back. >> rose: i think that's a perception. >> and that perception is actuaries of the social security trust fund say it's fun. >> rose: what's false the reality or perception. >> precisely. sort of like the map -- >> rose: so there's also the question of regulation. and -- does it act as not a perfect bill as tim geithner would tell you, but as creation
of rules and regulations that would be a kind of monitor, so that circumstances that lead to bubbles wouldn't happen or in a sense, removing or restoring some of the kinds of oversight that both was a warning, you know, and intervention. >> as dodd-frank is written now, the answer regrettably is no. dodd-frank, for example, the capital requirement is very important. in fact, i would even go farther than that. i would say that what we're trying to avoid is the corrosive collapse in doubles which have high leverage. for example, the dot com book collapse in huge losses but the
economy barely budged. and theh2 ?qpájthe toxic acid, toxic acidt that time which is stocks were held with 401(k)'s, mutual funds, households, no debt to speak of. if there is no debt, you cannot have failure and you cannot -- >> rose: right. >> there are situations in the past where we went through the big bubble, it burst. there's a big loss but no economic -- >> rose: a lot of those companies had core values, i mean they had core strengths it's just that they had a stock price that was inflated. >> yes. that was certainly the case. and i can give you stories about that which will make you crazy. but the whole point here is this. what you're trying to do is to put in regulations which will effectively solve the problem.
big, big increase in capital in and of itself will cause, will prevent contagion he occurring. >> rose: what do you think about the justice department paying $13 billion -- >> i was saddened by that because i was on the jp mortgage before i went to the federal reserve. and the crucial issue with the board is how do we maintain our triple a rating. and they were very scrupulous in what they did. i have no way of knowing obviously the specific charges. it's beyond my, i wouldn't say it's not beyond my interest, it's beyond my knowledge. >> rose: right. >> but i'm saddened that we've gotten to this point. because remember j.p. morgan was
actually a very instrumental player in helping the government -- >> rose: but are you also saddened by the fact so many people found themselves with mortgages they couldn't pay for and lost everything. >> do you know what i think about that. >> rose: and so many people who invested. go ahead. >> no no, actually, i think what's wrong with dodd-frank in a way is i don't think that the particular regulations they're setting up will work. i think a necessary condition when you're having a regulation is to explain what it is and what it's supposed to do and if it doesn't, forget it. >> rose: you feel comfortable we're on our way and so therefore unemployment now down to seven plus. seven plus two. we're doing better than europe. >> yes. >> rose: yeah. and by the way, china's not doing all that great compared to what it was doing. >> correct. >> rose: brazil has slowed
down. obviously. emerging nations. so everybody's saying well maybe america is not so bad. >> china is doing a little better recently. but we have a fundamental problem which i discuss in this book namely that the reason why we have such a sluggish recovery is that the part of the economy, which is represented by investments and assets of 20 years or more in namely buildings, that is essentially collapsed. i'm including residential buildings and non-residential buildings. that's why we have been soggy here during all this period. and that's caused by a huge degree of uncertainty. that has to be left. but there is some evidence that it is being lifted. the stock market is behaving well. i should think that if it continues to do so, that could bring the economy up with it. >> rose: with an amount of
time and questions that i want to get to some of these. we were talking about the federal reserve it goes now from bernanke to yellen. you know janice yellen. >> i do. >> rose: and you have some policy differences with her. >> i'm just trying to say yes, but that is good not bad. she i find, she is a highly skilled economist. we get along very well. >> rose: her projections have been remarkably accurate. >> everyone, it's hard to know. i don't want to, let me just say one thing about her. i learned a lot from her when she was on the board and i was chairman. because there was often a number of academic arguments and academic papers, which i hadn't had a chance to read or if i did i didn't understand. >> rose: so how do you feel about the transparency initiative that's coming out now? that we ought to know more about
the way the fed operates and it should be a bunch of people at some hide away in jackson hole or something. >> that's fine. it's just that remember that one of the things i ran into is that, and this goes exactly with the whole concept of how people respond. on many occasions, the federal reserve had a statement which said we are not raising our federal funds rate this time. but we may well raise it the next time. the market's open and boom it's fully discounted. so we're dealing strangely enough with precisely the problem that i'm discussing in this book that people don't behave in their long term self interest. they respond in a certain way which is basically animal spirits. and markets do precisely that. so i think you have to be a
little careful with -- >> rose: so you think less transparency is better because markets won't go off into their ... >> i think that it depends on what type of transparency you're talking about. if you're clarifying -- >> rose: publishing an inflation target. >> inflation target is fine. it's anticipating your future actions. is a problem which has very considerable advantages if you can make it work but that's very tough to do. >> rose: let's one area of your book i read steven bernstein washington post. he brings them right back to where he began to an unshakeable fate in free marks and typically towards market regulation and conviction that progressive taxes and social spending are to blame for slow growth, stagnant wages and exploding deficits. those who have followed his career know that it was greenspan who gave the green light to bank consolidation,
greenspan who put financial deregulation, greenspan who advocated global rules that would reduce capital reserves and greenspan who blocked efforts to crack down on awe bossive sub-prime lending. but if you're looking for him to accept any responsibilities for the crises that ensued, you will be sorely disappointed. >> i suggest that people read the book and conclude themselves what they think about that. >> rose: thank you for coming. >> my pleasure. >> rose: alan greenspan. the book is called the map and the territory, risk, human nature and the future of forecasting. back in a moment. stay with us. >> i thought a lot about what was i put on earth to do, you know. what was my calling. what should i do, right. and i was lucky because i had lots of options. we'd been working in health and wellness in k-12 and the developing world and there were lots of projects i could work
on. but i committed to at this point the thing i most wanted to do was to help as many people as possible regain the creative confidence they lost along their way. >> rose: the global design and innovation firm in silicon valley. the company break-through inventions have transformed businesses, government and healthcare. david kelly's the founder of ido and a pioneering design thinking. he also created the d school at sanford university, he built tom kelly's apartment ideal and his book the art of innovation and ten faces of innovation an executive fellow at uc berkley's high school of business. together they have written a book sharing their secrets so everyone can find their creative powers. it is called creative confidence unleashing the creative potential within all of us. i'm pleased to have tom and david kelly at this table for the first i'm. so welcome. great t see you. >> thank you very much. >> rose: explain the brother
act. >> well, you know, we've been close our whole lives. he's four years younger than me, and in a mid western house which didn't have enough bedrooms, he and i ended up in the basement together and that was our bedroom. so for 14 years before i went to college we lived there. kind of left alone in a basement, you can get into all kinds of trouble. and so but the story of the book is really, we've been close our whole lives. but in 2007, i got cancer, throat cancer and it was bad stuff. i told you that story and it's like you know, 40% chance of survival and my lovely brother was there every day for me. as i started to get better, as it was clear i was going to survive, we said you know we got to celebrate this. we don't usually hang out that much in a company like ours one goes one place and the other goes the other kind of divide and conquer. so we decided we were going to do something about this, celebrating my survival. so we decided that we would travel a little bit and then we would do a project. and so the book was the project
that we decided to do. >> rose: i'll do the book in a moment. so where did you travel. >> so david let me choose. anywhere in the world you want to go. and so i picked a place that's easy for me bedavid is less likely to go on his own which is japan. we spent time both in tokyo and kyoto. i speak enough japanese to get by and we had a fabulous time and we've got a photo book to commemorate that trip. >> rose: what's the link between design, what you do, innovation and the things you do and creativity. >> well design is kind of a design thinking as we call it is kind of a methodology around how you kind of routinely innovate. it's a process that you can mindful of and hold on to. when given a difficult taskyou say i know how to do that, i'll apply this process i used before and was successful. creativity is the natural
ability that everybody has to kind of come up with big ideas. and so the interesting thing is design is kind of what you work at. creativity is something that you have naturally. we just need to unlock that. divine is more like playing the piano. creativity is something that you just, that you always have had since childhood and you may have kind of opted out of it for a while. >> rose: and design thinking is. >> design thinking is that methodology that we always use as designers. it's kind of like, it's a process like when a writer has a blank piece of may and can't figure out how to get started, it's our way of getting started on that. understanding humans, building prototypes and telling stories about the future. i mean, the designers have this lovely job inherently positive profession because you're always painting a picture of the future with your new idea in it. >> rose: the interesting thing about you is that often we think of design and we think of
products. they may be cars, coffee cups, they may be books. but you have in a sense enlarged that idea. almost design is a way of thinking about a solution to a problem or something that needs to be changed. >> that's exactly right. so what's happened is you know design was thought of that way and so somebody, if they wanted to see me, some higher up in a company or the president of the university would come and say to me where did you get those glasses or i was in charge of cool stuff kind of as a designer. we still do that, you know. but what happened is the world decided that this kind of creative thinking, this building on each other's ideas that design was a methodology that they could get all of the, you know, the deep thinkers as a way to get them together to work together that because our process is so human centered that you know, it was going to be kind of a low barrier to getting people to work together.
so it's become a team sport. i mean design thinking is kind of the glue that holds these, you know, high performance teams together rather than the guys who are making it beautiful at the end of the project. >> rose: didn't you say 25 years ago that you thought design was relegated to the kid's table. >> it felt that way when i joyed david at ido. we were at the kids table. we were obvious having this kind of optional if you over at the side. >> rose: with the building blocks. >> while the real business was being done and the board room and the conference room. and the great thing, it feels like the world came to us or somehow creativity became central. and so now we get to sit in those board and conference rooms so we get a chance to have a bigger impact on the world. >> rose: creativity, innovation is simply a product of creativity. >> we believe that everybody's creative. we've got to stop this processing which we divide people into the creatives and non-creatives. everybody's creative. >> rose: they have potential
for creativity. >> everybody's got it in their path when you think of kindergarten. some people just buried it somewhere along the way. >> rose: or beaten out of them. >> or beaten out of them or their education system or by growing up and are trying to do the right thing for them push them toward the safe thing when in fact we believe people got to follow their passion. >> rose: how do you unleash it. >> the gray -- great thing is like it is possible if you have some methodology to it, if you are willing to kind of practice at it a little bit. there's a story in the book about a young guy we work with, who when there's a kid he wanted to be a professional music. he loved performances but he hated to practice, right. he didn't think you should have to practice, right. if you were good and just come naturally but in fa you do have to work at it. so as a high school kid he got a chance, he got to see yo-yo ma play, it was a great experience and by lottery he was picked to
be one of three kids to ask yo-yo ma a single question. and his question he smiles when he tells this now but he said, his question was now that you're a professional musician, isn't it wonderful because you don't have to practice anymore. and yo-yo ma says i have some bad news for you. six hours a day, right. and so it does, you still do have to work at it. it's&zz: not like creativity cs from on high. >> rose: jazz musicians will tell you the more sophisticated you are about music the better you can be as respondent anywayity. >> your intuition is informed by your experience. so the more you, the more times you've gone down this path of coming up with a new idea and testing with people and trying to understand the right thing. your intuition is informed and so you, it's easier to leap to that big idea, to that. none of our process gets you away from having to have that creative leap to a new place. >> rose: you also talk about rediscovery in your creativity.
that's what you're trying to do. >> yes. so at stanford and with our clients at ido. >> rose: creative confidence. >> yes. so what happens is that they have it but it's kind of hidden. it's like a fear of being judged. you don't want to show that you have this idea that you think that there's this really interesting way to go because if you're just silent, nobody's going to like you know say that's a bad idea or that was charlie's idea, that's why we went down. if you attach your name to a creative idea, it might be negative for you. so we've been really surprised at just how easy with this we have this process we call guided mastery that we learned from stanford and psychology professor. and basically what happens is if you take people who are not thinking of themselves as a creative person, thinking of themselves as analytical person,
if you hold their hands and take their through a series of products where they're successful and they come to a break through idea and take them to another and they have a big idea there and pretty second they flip and they say oh my god, my team's coming often with this wolfed idea or i call up with this wolfed idea and that moment where they finally in their body they think of themselves as a creative person is so emotional you see it over and over. >> rose: is that what alan bedour. what did he teach you. >> yes. he, it's more like he gave us the language and has the kind of psychology, he has the kind of scientific studies to prove it. we've been kind of doing this like bouncing around in the dark and we figured out in this works. but he calls what we call creative confidence in the psychological literature he calls itself efficacy. it's the same thing, that you have a sense of the world and
that you can accomplish what you set out to do. that's really the same thing we're talking about. >> rose: what do people mean when they say look at this with fresh eyes. >> well to kind of let go of some of your assumptions and things like that. what we find especially when i'm working with senior executives is they have this, pertise, this expertise that's really important to their company. very valuable. but sometimes in developing their expertise, they've learned to screen out distractions and anomalies. and sometimes the distraction or the anomaly is the opportunity today so that's why you have to look with fresh eyes. we have a phrase we didn't exactly coined, we borrowed to try to get these people into that mental state. there's a word in the dictionary everybody knows, deja vu, it's been there before. but the mental state we try to get people into you is opposite of deja vu so we call it
vu deja. the home page of your own website but you see it with own insight you see opportunities every time. >> rose: why do you say i would rather build the taj mahal out of toothpicks than write a paper. what's wrong with writing is a paper. >> it's not the way i'm wired. like writing is like i have to choose every word and i'm insecure, i don't have a lot of creative confidence around my writing. but i love to build things so i know i can, if i want to like make something that will convince somebody that i have a good idea, i could write a paragraph about it. but if i can build a little something i think i got a better chance. >> rose: that means in a brain you have a visual acuity. >> yes. everything, i do everything. tom and i are different that way. he's a writer and i'm this kind of visual person. and so it's the same way with
kids, right. you have to, a lot of of the stuff i'm sure anybody you talk to who is big in k-12 education is talking in a way the kid can accept it. if he and i were in the same classroom we'd have to have two different teachers. >> so in the process of the book for that reason, we can't work from an outline the way our high school english taught us we worked from mind maps. the essence of the book came out for mine maps written on the white board in david's office. and from that, the idea is build and build and build until you've got enough for a book, we know because we just did it. >> rose: okay, go ahead. >> my map shows the connections between the things. adjacencies. if you look at mine maps, that's there. >> rose: take a look at this. this is a diagram in the book with the concept and thinkings. you can see it over here. >> yes. so you know, normally when you try to look for an innovation,
there's lots of places to look. you know people who have come up with the technical idea, right and that technical idea is you still have to figure out if you can make a business out of it and you have to find out whether people will accept it or want it, right. if you go from a business point of view, you still have to be able to do it technically. it has to be feasible and you also have to find out. >> rose: so viable, feasible, attractive. >> right. we come in. most of our team we come in from the people side. we would rather take the technical and the business risk but understand what is really meaningful to people. what do people really care about. and then go out and take the technical risk we can do and the business risks that we can actually deliver it. >> rose: the thing i love about what i learned out of creative confidence is at the design school and all that you do at ido, you have a bias for action which means. >> i could get one thing out into the kind of corporate america, that's what i would do.
what we normally do is we plan a lot. we sit around the table, everybody's got their computer open and we talk but we don't know anythinget. i mean i'm all for planning but after you've actually jumped in and kind of understand what's going on, you know, like come way up to speed and the kind of messiness of what's in the problem. >> rose: just get started and don't worry about perfection. >> we're so concerned about looking like we're doing something wrong. instead of just like wallowing in the mess. >> rose: exactly. >> right. i think i a perfect embodiment of that idea of just get started the program david started at the school there's a program called launch pad. in entrepreneur courses around the country there are these courses where the final deliverable in the course is a business plan. but in launch pad, it's a ten week course and by week five you got to have customers, right. so you got to have customers in week five. you're not spending along planning at all. you are building to think from
the very first day of the class. >> rose: so tell me about the design school. how is it different from school of architecture or school of chemical engineering or electric engineering are which is where i think you went. >> yes. it's the difference between kind of depth and breadth. i love people who are working on winning nobel prize and stuff please don't stop doing this. we need you. it's just that the university has been kind of trapped in this depth paradigm where you know like they talk about the silos of higher ed and it's true. so what happened to me was when i got to kind of had tenure and could do anything i wanted, i started teaching with my friends. it was kind of an emotional thing i wanted to teach with my friends. so i did a guy from the business school or computer sign. he would bring his students and i'd bring mine and we'd teach the class together. i saw this phenomena kind of twinkle in the eyes of the students they loved working together.
they only worked with people of their own kind and they saw that their ideas are on top of these other strange persons ideas that the combination was something and more interesting i found the teaching was more interesting than staying home and teaching. so i decided that we should clarify this. we should make the university like sanction it and have a big institute to do it and so that's how it happened. >> rose: it reminds me of the meefers where they go in and steal somebody. they need somebody who knows how to pick the lock. all of those skills. >> that's exactly true. but picture the our of these professors who are so smart. if you can get them to like kind of be together. not just have a series of lectures that add up to something, but if they are really in a classroom together and fight with each other and disagree. the students love to see the professors fight. having different point of view that kind of work at each other. >> rose: what was the most fun about righting this book?
>> well, it lived up to the promise we made to each other, right. so david and i are not really good at leisure. we both have kind of full time jobs. so we don't golf, we don't like play tennis together, things like that. and so we couldn't, like the idea how far just hanging around together playing cards or whatever it is people do, just wasn't on. and so we knew if warren going to spend a lot of time together, it would have to be a project. something we would kind of be building together. this was certainly that project. it was seven days a week for years. >> rose: it is well-known that david kelly and steve jobs were very very good friends and they both were living with cancer. for "60 minutes" i did a prefile of david and ido the school i mentioned earlier. here's a clip from that. here it is. >> he came over and said look, don't consider any alternative, go straight to western medicine, don't try any herbs or anything.
why do you think he said don't look for alternative medicine go straight to the hard stuff. >> i think in his mind he had made the mistake that he had tried to cure his pancreatic cancer in other ways other than, i mean he just said don't mess around. when we both had cancer at the same time is when i got really close to him. and i was at home like sitting around in my skivvys waiting the for my next dose of something. this was the day after the iphone was a announced and he had one for me. it was a lovely feeling. so he decides to hook it up for me so he gets on the phone to at&t and peace going -- he's going to hook up my phone and it's not going well. eventually he pulls the i'm steve jobs card. he says to the guy i'm steve
jobs. i'm sure the guy on the other end says yeah body i'm napoleon, like get out of here. so anyway he never really did -- >> rose: he never hooked it up. >> no, not that day. >> rose: thank you, great to see you. >> thank you charlie. >> rose: thank you for joining us. see you next time. captioning sponsored by rose communications captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
>> but i just loved singing so much. for me, it was more like, "yeah, this is the path, this is what i need to do, these are the things i need to learn." >> the play was shaped around my relationship with the middle east and with my father, but the real heart of it was how i became a full human being. >> the designs have come to life so beautifully, and i think the most amazing thing is when you work so hard on something and it exceeds your expectations. that's the most amazing feeling. >> major funding for "arab american stories" was provided by... additional funding was provided by...
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in houston, texas. my dad was born in baghdad. my mom was born in nablus. they met at the university of houston, and they stayed in the states. [singing in german] i am currently in austin, texas, where i went to undergrad, and i am working on a show "the magic flute." i am singing pamina, the princess, the daughter of the queen of the night, who is naughty and spicy, and i'm innocent at least in this show. we need to be quiet as a mouse. i got interested in opera. i went to a catholic girls school in houston, st. agnes academy, and one of the only classes--this is so embarrassing to admit, but one of the only classes that was co-ed was chorus, so i was fascinated with, you know, boys just like every other girl, and so i decided to take chorus. i
fell in love with it and had the most amazing teacher that inspired me to communicate through music, communicate everything, the nuance. he even made us sing like--i mean, it was quite unorthodox at the time but like smoke out of the cigarette. like, he would make us sing that kind of a phrase just for fun, you know? [singing in german] i started doing opera training at university of texas in a vocal performance degree. my father was very adamant that if i was to do it i'd have to get a scholarship so that he fls like "prove to me that everyone else would invest in you, as well as me," whatever, so i actually got a scholarship to university of texas. it was, like, $200. so after texas, i was thinking, "ok. well, what comes next for singers?" and my